Willis House (York, Pennsylvania)

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Willis House
Willis House.jpg
Willis House, January 1963
Willis House (York, Pennsylvania) is located in Pennsylvania
Willis House (York, Pennsylvania)
Willis House (York, Pennsylvania) is located in the US
Willis House (York, Pennsylvania)
Location 135 Willis Run Rd., north of York, Manchester Township, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°58′20″N 76°44′15″W / 39.97222°N 76.73750°W / 39.97222; -76.73750Coordinates: 39°58′20″N 76°44′15″W / 39.97222°N 76.73750°W / 39.97222; -76.73750
Area 2.6 acres (1.1 ha)
Built 1762
Architect Willis, William
Architectural style English Georgian
NRHP Reference # 79002370[1]
Added to NRHP April 20, 1979

The Willis House is a historic home located at Manchester Township, York County, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1762, and is a 2 1/2-story, banked brick dwelling with a partly exposed basement. It measures 30 feet long by 31 feet wide and has a steeply pitched gable roof. The interior is laid out in avariation of a Georgian center hall plan.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[1]

The builder William Willis (*1726 †1801), a quaker, got 1752 480 acres from Thomas Penn and Richard Penn. His grandfather John Willis was born 1668 in Great Britain. 1675 the family migrated to Westbury, Long Island, New York. His son Samuel Williams (*1778 †1848) is frequently mentioned in local histories as "kindly Friend Willis" and was a ringleader of the Underground Railroad.

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Historic York, Inc (February 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Willis House" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-12-18. 

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